Totem Student Walkout
August 27, 2008 · Updated 8:04 PM
I totally agree with Councilman John Kosters Letter to the Editor. This is a breathtaking moment. Everything he said in his letter, I totally agree with.
This school has a history of problems with violence, whether it is alcohol, drugs or bullying. I am very proud of the students for taking a stand in protest against the violence in this school. To effect change sometimes we have to stand up for what we feel is right. These students are heroes in my eyes. I am proud of them for saying okay if we walkout and the school says we have to be disciplined to make change; we are willing to accept it willingly.
My son attended Totem Middle School when it was Marysville Junior High School. It was a nightmare for him. The bullying he incurred from the students was undeniably uncalled for. My son has ADHD and Aspergers Syndrome that makes him easy prey for the bullies. He lives with the consequences of it every day of his life.
I was scared to see my son transfer from MJHS now Totem Middle School, to M-PHS. But, I have to tell you we had a much better managed school with a higher population and although M-PHS has its problems, his schooling years there were by far much better than they were at MJHS, now Totem Middle School. He had his problems there, but nothing like what he went through when he was in MJHS, now Totem Middle School. If my son had stayed at this school, he probably would have ended up dropping out of school, but as luck would have it, he is a Class of 2007 High School Graduate. Thank you M-PHS.
These students want to see Totem Middle School made a better place to learn in. Is that so bad? Okay Totem Middle School administration, now that your students have spoken; listen openly to your student population that wants to see change happen.
Discipline these students if you must, but they are heroes in my eyes. Every one of them.
Work together to effect change.